An American Marriage

An American Marriage

A Novel

eBook - 2018
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OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB 2018 SELECTION One of the most anticipated novels of 2018 according to Entertainment Weekly * Goodreads * Esquire * Elle * Cosmopolitan *BBC * Huffington Post * Bustle * Southern Living * Newsday * Bookish * Nylon * iBooks Store "Transcendent . . . Triumphant . . . Gorgeous."—Elle "A stunning epic love story . . . An exquisite, timely, and powerful novel that feels both urgent and indispensable."—Edwidge Danticat Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to twelve years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend, and best man at their wedding. As Roy's time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her center. After five years, Roy's conviction is suddenly overturned, and he returns to Atlanta ready to resume their life together. This stirring love story is a profoundly insightful look into the hearts and minds of three people who are at once bound and separated by forces beyond their control. An American Marriage is a masterpiece of storytelling, an intimate look deep into the souls of people who must reckon with the past while moving forward—with hope and pain—into the future.
Publisher: New York : Algonquin Books, 2018
ISBN: 9781616207601
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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From Obama's Facebook page August 2018 -- "An American Marriage by Tayari Jones is a moving portrayal of the effects of a wrongful conviction on a young African-American couple."

“You'll come away with greater empathy and understanding but even if you don’t, it’s just a really great read. It's the perfect book to read along with a friend or family member. You're going to want to have someone else reading it because it’s so juicy." — Oprah, Featured in Oprah's Book Cl... Read More »


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posie12
Jun 07, 2019

I think the marriage was in trouble before the incarceration. The wife finds evidence of her husband's wandering eye a couple of times. After he goes to jail she is very quick to have an abortion even though she and her parents could support a child. Would this marriage have lasted had he not gone to jail? Good book for a bookclub.

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ellenefox
Jun 07, 2019

I read this novel for a class because it has a very accurate portrayal of a black man being falsely accused of a crime and incarcerated by a racist criminal justice system, and how this destroys his marriage.

BPLpicks Jun 05, 2019

WINNER OF THE 2019 WOMAN'S PRIZE FOR FICTION!!!!
This book allows us a glimpse inside a marriage that has been torn apart when the husband is unfairly incarcerated. It is told from the alternating points of view of both the husband and wife as they make difficult choices or learn to cope when they have no choices at all. This character driven book is thought provoking and moving. A good book for readers who like to feel invested in the characters of a book.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin May 26, 2019

A heartbreaking portrait of the impact of incarceration on a marriage. Just really well written and powerful.

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betsymarzoni
May 24, 2019

Excellent, nuanced, believable story told from the points of view of three people who get tangled up in a miscarriage of justice and the resultant fallout.

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blcwrites
May 21, 2019

I'm somewhere between 2 stars and 4 on this book. The story is interesting but the characters felt flat, written at a distance by the author, and could have been even more powerful and expressive of racial and judicial inequality. The last chapters made it worth staying but left me feeling that I read a draft and that it could have been more powerful with another revision.

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toby65
Apr 29, 2019

Perhaps one needs to be an American and/or
African- American to get what all the hype is about.
I am neither.

The characters are not terribly interesting and the
narrative is pretty much predictable.
Middle class family comes apart when husband is
wrongfully convicted.

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uncommonreader
Apr 07, 2019

This book should be in the fantasy section. Who are these people - the Huxtables? And the portrayal of prison does a disservice to the real conditions of incarceration.

Hillsboro_ElenaG Apr 01, 2019

A compelling, character-driven story about how a black man's incarceration for a crime he didn't commit impacts his relatively new marriage to an aspiring artist. Told in alternating points of view between couple Ray and Celestial, this is a tough and emotional read at points, but well worth the time and emotional investment. (Rumor has it that the audiobook is very good too--it has dual narrators to capture the two strong voices of the book's central couple.)

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nalahblueberry5
Mar 11, 2019

Favorite book so far this year

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Dec 27, 2018

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